There is nothing like watching your restful child sleeping. They always look so peaceful, don’t they? I would love to lay next to my baby and keep an eye on him all night. Unfortunately that is not practical and we both sleep better when he is in his crib. Since he will spend a lot of time in his room alone at night and during naps, it is important to consider safety measures to keep him safe. This is just one of the many reasons I’ve partnered with Safety 1st as an ambassador.
Julie Vallese, a Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert, offers these Nursery and Toddler Room Safety Tips to keep the area safer for both sleeping and playtime:
Recommendations and regulations for cribs were updated in 2011 prohibiting the sale or resale of drop side cribs. These new standards also require the crib’s mattress support, slats, and hardware to be more durable and manufacturers have to test to new more stringent requirements to prove compliance. Cribs are an expensive baby purchase and are often handed down or borrowed. It important to check with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure your crib meets these new standards.
To prevent suffocation and strangulation, be sure that the crib sheet stays tightly in place. Don’t keep pillows, extra toys, stuffed animals, or blankets in the crib. When your child is a newborn these items could pose a suffocation hazard. Later, an older child can use these items, as well as crib bumpers, as a “stepping stool” for getting out of the crib.
Since 2004, there have been seven deaths associated with monitor cord strangulations as a result of baby monitors being placed in or near the crib. Recently the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association issued a public service announcement on how to use a monitor safety. Most important always keep the monitor at least six feet away from a crib or bassinet. If kept closer to a crib, baby can reach out and become entangled in the cords causing injury or death.
As babies get older and transition to toddler beds all new safety hazards are introduced. Toddlers will now have access to their room, and potentially the entire house, without adult supervision. Also keep in mind that furniture, even wide dressers, can be surprisingly tippable. Toddlers open drawers and use them as a ladder to reach items that are on top of a dresser. These open drawers, plus the weight of a toddler, can make even the sturdiest of dressers tip over. Secure furniture to the wall to prevent tipping.
Screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in. Properly install window guards to prevent unintentional window falls. For windows above the first floor, include an emergency release device in case of fire. Install window stops so that windows open no more than four inches.
Watch for more tips related to nursery safety and an awesome giveaway later this month from Safety 1st!
Disclosure: I have been compensated through the Safety 1st Ambassador Blogging Program which also included samples. Information shared has been provided by Safety 1st. My thoughts are my own.